This year marks the 175th anniversary of premium bed brand Somnus, with celebrations to kick off with two special edition launches today.

Somnus is introducing its Royal Victoria and Royal Albert special edition models at the IMM Cologne exhibition in Germany, taking place all this week.

The two models are named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who married in 1840, the year Somnus was established.

It is the fourth successive year the brand — part of the Yorkshire based Harrison Spinks group — has exhibited at the German show, which it says has become an important part of its export strategy.

Somnus has also begun the process of recruiting a new export sales director, following the retirement of Alan Scott last month.